Kiffin watch, math iz harrd edition

In his defense, Junior’s been dealt a hard hand to play with the effect of the NCAA sanctions on USC’s roster numbers.  But he knew the job was difficult when he fell into took it.  So nobody’s going to feel sorry for him if he gets his hand burned from being a little too aggressive massaging the offers.

Which is what’s happened.

Defensive end Kylie Fitts, a four-star recruit Rivals ranked seventh nationally at his position, was committed to USC and took extra high school classes so he could graduate early and enroll at the university in January.

Fitts talked to a couple USC coaches at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 and they said they were ready to have him on campus. But the following Monday, he received a call saying his scholarship was no longer available for the spring semester.

Fitts was supposed to be on campus on Jan. 10.

The Trojans didn’t pull his scholarship entirely, but deferred him to the fall because they didn’t have a scholarship freed up from a graduating senior like they thought they would. However, since Fitts had already graduated high school, he had nowhere to go and didn’t want to wait.

There’s something remarkable going on here.  It’s not a case of a coach pulling the plug on a marginal kid – Fitts is highly ranked, isn’t injured and doesn’t have academic concerns.  The Laner just thought Fitts was so awed by the idea of playing for him that he’d put his life on hold for a few months.  Maybe that approach would have more sway if USC was coming off a big bowl win, or an appearance in a BCS game, but unfortunately for Kiffin, a Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech lacks a certain cachet.

Fitts’ high school coach is even less enamored of Junior than Fitts is, judging by this:

Hey, when Junior gets canned at USC and jumps back to an NFL head coaching slot a couple of weeks later, he’ll remind us it’s all part of the plan.


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11 responses to “Kiffin watch, math iz harrd edition

  1. Beer Money

    It is still baffling to me that Lane Kiffin, LANE KIFFIN, has been head coach at the Oakland Raiders, the Tennessee Volunteers, and the USC Trojans before the age of 45. That is the resume’ of a legendary 72 year-old. All of this is even more remarkable considering he has a complete lack of ethics and loses a lot of football games.


    • AlphaDawg

      It’s not so much a lack of ethics, but a lack of experince and success. I think those doing the hiring are using Franklins standards when judging potential new hires.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    And Lane will say that his new NFL job has always been his dream job.


  3. RP

    Your close is what i was thinking. I expected him to have the Chicago or Philly job by now. Maybe he is just waiting to replace Belichik.


    • Silver Creek Dawg

      Per Chris Mortenson, Philly just hired Chip Kelly from Oregon.

      And, UGA just announced Ken Malcome will transfer.


  4. Go Dawgs!

    Fans will put up with questionable roster management tactics if you’re winning. But if the perception is that you’re screwing people over and don’t have anything to show for it, the embarrassment becomes not worth it pretty fast.

    Lane’s downfall is fun to watch. He’d better win this year. Often.


  5. have name, will travel

    Kiffin and Tebow together in Saskatchewan, Please, please, please.


  6. Macallanlover

    Thinking Dad will put in a good word with Uncle Jerry and get him the Cowboys job once he has the blaze going strong at USC. That is the only fitting finale for this, Junior, Jerry, and Monte all together at Jerry’s World.


  7. Dog in Fla

    “Hey, when Junior gets canned at USC”

    When Junior gets caned at USC, Singapore Style, T.J. Simers will be sad,0,458830.column